Burham, Kent Genealogy

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Guide to Burham, Kent ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Burham, Kent
Burham St Mary Kent.jpg
Burham St Mary Kent
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Larkfield
County Kent, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Malling
Registration District Malling
Records begin
Parish registers: 1627
Bishop's Transcripts: 1718
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Rochester
Diocese Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester
Location of Archive
Kent History and Library Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BURHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Malling, hundred of Larkfield, Upper South division of the lathe of Aylesford, and W division of Kent, 1¾ mile NNW from Aylesford. [1]

Burham is a village and civil parish in the Tonbridge and Malling District of Kent, see Burham Wikipedia

Wouldham is a village and civil parish in the Tonbridge and Malling district of Kent, see Wouldham Wikipedia

Burham All Saints is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Rochester; the parish of Burham and Wouldham is a united benefice; the parish church is situated in Wouldham, see Wouldham, Kent Genealogy.

The Parish church of All Saints, Wouldham Road, Wouldham has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

See Edward Hasted, The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 409-416 at British History Online for Burham The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 4 (1798), pp. 399-408 at British History Online for Wouldham

The Ancient parish church of Burham is a redundant church now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust St Mary's Church Burham Wikipedia and Churches Conservation Trust website

The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Old Church Road, Burham has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building see Kent Churches website Old St Mary's Church Burham

The now demolished replacement church of St Mary Burham dated from 1881 but was lost due to structural problems. kent Churches website

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

This parish was from 1837 in the Malling registration district See Maidstone Registration District

Kent County Council (KCC) has a certificate centre at the Mansion House in Tunbridge Wells which holds all the completed registers for Kent since 1 July 1837 and can supply a certified copy of any Kent birth, death or marriage entry from any register within its custody or a Kent civil partnership registration from the government online database.

The Mansion House (Certificate Centre)
Grove Hill Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1EP

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Burham parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
FS BTs = England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch) - free[4]
FS PRs = England, Kent, Parish Registers (FamilySearch) - free[5]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[6]
MED = Medway Ancestors - free[7]
Burham Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
BIVRI 1627-1879

FREG 1626-1926
FS BTs 1718-1879 1718-1879 1718-1879
FS PRs 1625-1876 1625-1876; 1756-1876 (banns) 1625-1876
IGI 1625-1876
MED 1627-1981 1627-1981 1627-1981

Kent Online Parish Clerks (OPC)

Land Tax[edit | edit source]

Images for Burham are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records 1780-1831

Images for Wouldham are available at FamilySearch Records see England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments - FamilySearch Historical Records 1780-1830

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census returns for Burham 1841-1891

FamilySearch Records includes collections of census indexes which can be searched online for free. In addition FamilySearch Centres offer free access to images of the England and Wales Census through Family History Center Portal Computers here have access to the Family History Centre Portal page which gives free access to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Kent Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Local Family History Centre[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Burham on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 437-440. Date accessed: 8 July 2013.
  2. 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 7 November 2013.
  3. 'Kent Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 6 November 2013.
  4. 'England, Kent, Bishop's Transcripts, 1560-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 11 November 2013.
  5. 'England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911,' FamilySearch, accessed 12 November 2013.
  6. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Kent, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 15 November 2013.
  7. 'Medway Ancestors Imagebase: list of parishes, in alphabetical order', Cityark, accessed 8 November 2013.